Esperance Operation Shoebox, auction and banquet fundraiser a success

The Esperance Operation Christmas Child Shoebox smashed their fundraising goal for their auction and banquet.

The Operation Shoebox is a global campaign which delivers gift boxes for Christmas to refugee children.

The auction on Friday, May 11 at the Anglican Church Hall saw more than 120 people attend and raised $9,500 for the Operation.

The team had aimed to raise $5,000 to pay for freight costs for 500 boxes.

Esperance Operation Christmas Child Shoebox committee member Loris Fisher said the extra money would go towards additional boxes and purchasing items that may be missing in boxes.

Half a pig donated from Shark Lake Piggery was the highest purchased item on the night, selling for $325.

Ms Fisher said the Esperance Shoebox committee was sincerely thankful for the ‘awesome’ contribution of local businesses who donated items for the auction.

“The whole night was wonderful and the generosity of the Esperance businesses was amazing,” she said.

Ms Fisher also thanked the volunteers who helped on the night and said due to the event’s success, the committee planned to host an auction annually.